United States eliminated from Women's World Cup by Sweden

(Melbourne, Australia) -- The reigning two-time defending champions have been eliminated from the Women's World Cup.

The United States was sent home following a penalty shootout loss to Sweden at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Sunday. Following a scoreless regulation, the U.S. was outscored 5-4 on PK's. After three straight makes to begin the shootout, the U.S. missed three of its next four. The loss marks the worst finish ever for the Americans at the Women's World Cup. The previous worst finish was third place.

The USWNT ended the tournament on a 238-minute scoring drought, which is the country's longest in Women's World Cup history.